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Everything posted by Dismal_Bliss

  1. The content of an Open Club is visible to the world wide web including unregistered guests, but only Club Members can post. The content of a Closed Club is only visible to Club Members, and only they can post. A Private Club will not be listed in the Club Directory and cannot be found by others. The Club Owner must send invites. Remember that the JWTalk Staff can see the content of all clubs, regardless of the type, and has Leader privileges in them as well.
  2. At this time, we are limiting this privilege to Full Access Members. If you are still a Limited Access User and want to start a club, please keep participating at JWTalk. You may also talk to the Staff in the Confidential Talk Forum.
  3. Yes. Go visit the "Members" tab in your Club. There will be a gear icon next to each member. When you click that icon, you can do the following... 1. Make this member a Leader 2. Make this member a Moderator 3. Remove this member from your Club A Club Leader will have all the same authority as you do. They can moderate posts as well as manage members, including making other members moderators and leaders. You would only do this if you trusted that person well, or wanted to hand the Club over to someone else. If you abandon your club, the JWTalk Staff might assign ownership to someone else. A Club Moderator can moderate posts (pin, split, merge, move, hide, etc), but cannot manage membership. Removing a member from your club should be a last resort, as this will cause some drama and hurt feelings. Before taking this step, we recommend discussing problem members with the JWTalk Staff, as they may not qualify to be part of our larger community either.
  4. I thought for sure I had a general YouTube thread around here somewhere, but alas, I cannot find it. Anyhow, this one is an amusing video of a couple of crows taunting a couple of cats into having an all out brawl... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNqNfxo42J8
  5. You may notice that you can create a forum for your club by going to MANAGE CLUBS -> ADD NEW CLUB FEATURE -> TOPICS, and you may notice that you can create several of these forums. Each forum gets its own tab on your Club header/masthead. However, we recommend that you start with ONE forum, because a bunch of empty forums will likely kill your group before it even gets started. There is nothing worse than looking around and seeing a bunch of empty rooms. It conveys the idea that your Club isn't interesting because it looks like a ghost-town. When JWTalk Forums started in 2006, it was just ONE forum called the "Interchange of Encouragement". As membership grew and participation increased, we realized the need to create more forums to help categorize the various topics our members wanted to discuss. Over time, we came to the format we have today. I would strongly encourage you to treat your Club in the same manner. Start small, and then grow and add forums only as needed. When that time comes, you'll be able to MOVE topics between forums as needed. Hope this helps!
  6. Turns out only I had the ability to see and approve Clubs. I think I have found the settings that open this up to our entire Staff. This will be good for the times when work gets busy and I disappear from JWTalk from time to time.
  7. Dismal_Bliss

    Moderating a club

    Practice makes perfect. When you start a Club, you will see that you have a measure of control over it's content. You can Pin posts, Unpin posts, Hide posts, Unhide posts, Merge posts, Merge topics, Split topics, Approve posts from members in Limited Access mode, and more. These are essentially the same controls we have throughout the board, and you have them in your club. We expect you not to abuse them. As a Club Leader, you would be expected to enforce the Forum Membership Policy. If something concerns you, you can bring it to our attention. Likewise, all members and guests can click the Report button on a post to file a complaint about it to the JWTalk Staff. And last but not least, the JWTalk Staff has authority over your Club and will be moderating posts in there just like we do in the main forums.
  8. I just noticed that when you click "Unread Content" there is an options for "Content Type" at the top of the page. You can uncheck "All content" and then check off which items you want to see in the stream. The gear icon will show you your clubs, but once you uncheck "All content" then those Clubs are automatically deselected like everything else.
  9. I haven't tested this yet, but it looks like you can create a custom activity stream. In the masthead at the top of the page, click Activity, and then My Activity Streams. In the drop-down menu you will see a button to "Create New Stream" (Here is a shortcut). There's a gear icon next to Content Type that represents a "Club Filter". Click it. Uncheck "All content" and then check off all the content you DO want to see (Clubs should be off by default now). Save the Activity Stream and now this will be the one you have to return to in the manner you've been doing before.
  10. Okay, let's keep it clean. Anything goes, whether personal pics or funny pics you come across. You can upload one attachment per post through the message editor. Keep them small, 600x600 or less. Anything larger will get reduced to 600x600 for display in the posts but that just makes the software work harder. You can also link to a picture on the internet by using bbcode image tags or using the button in the message editor. I'll start... with a picture of my dog, Cookie...
  11. Simply put, Clubs that only mirror one of our main forums. For example, we will not allow Clubs that revolve around Our Ministry, Our Meetings, or Life as a Christian. We also won't allow Clubs that are essentially another Comfort & Support forum or Clubs that discuss the News. Clubs are for specific interests that aren't theocratic in nature.
  12. There is a Donate link in the footer. But let's wait. The admins are just testing out Clubs at the moment. If we decided to keep them then we will review that plug-in and see if it's something we want to add here.
  13. Just being typing their Display Name (without the @ symbol) and a list should appear..... The more you type, the more refined the list becomes. Then you can click on the name of the person you want to invite....
  14. Especially to other fishermen 😉 I have not joined, because I want to test and see for sure that JWTalk Staff still have site-wide privileges even within Clubs.
  15. Under "Add a feature".... TOPICS creates a forum. You can add multiple forums. FILES creates an area where you can upload files for others to download. CALENDAR is something I don't really use, but should be self-explanatory, namely, for scheduling events, etc, IMAGE creates a photo gallery for the club alone. Some of the remaining options there may be visible to me only since it's my computer, lol. But I would imagine the Invite Members is available to you.
  16. So like Status Updates, Downloads, and Photos from moderated members that are awaiting approval, we get no indicator like we do for posts/topics awaiting approval. We have to remember to manually visit the "Approval Queue" to see things that are waiting for us to review. If you're waiting an unusually long time for your Club to be approved, please start a discussion in here and tag a member or two of the JWTalk Staff.
  17. I'll go poke around. As of this moment, there is no clear indicator that a Club is waiting approval on the front end.
  18. Looks like someone created a plug-in that would give Club leaders added functionality.... https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/8604-clubs-enhancements/
  19. It looks like once it is set up, you cannot change the privacy setting... Okay, I can do it on the back end. A Club leader would have to ask an Administrator to change their club privacy settings, and the Administration could choose whether or not to honor the request.
  20. When someone starts a club, these are the options.... A PUBLIC club is visible to the world wide web, and all JWTalk members can participate without officially joining that club.* An OPEN club is visible to the world wide web, and a JWTalk member would have to JOIN before participating. A CLOSED club is listed in the directory, but it's content is not visible to the world wide web nor to JWTalk members. Users must request to JOIN and the club owner must approve the membership. A PRIVATE club is not listed in the directory and it's content cannot be found unless you are already a club member. The owner will have to send you an invitation, or else you would never know the club existed. The JWTalk Administration can decide what moderator privileges the club owner can have (could possibly include merge posts, hide posts, unhide posts, pin posts, unpin posts, move posts, split topics, merge topics, lock topics, unlock topics, and view posts by limited access users awaiting approval - everything but delete posts as I have that turned off sitewide). We have a backend setting turned ON that says "New Clubs must be approved by an Administrator". I would probably disallow clubs that are just mirrors of our already existing forums.
  21. So, it's a feature that was added to the core software about a year ago that we have never activated. I wanted to see what it was like. The premise for "Clubs" is based on "Groups" and "Communities" that other social networks have, such as Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities. A member, if we allow, can start a club (or request to start a club) that could have it's own forum, photo gallery, files download section, etc. The member who founded the group would have some control over the club. It might be useful for special interests. Currently, if a post doesn't fit in any forum, we move it over to "General Discussion", and we would continue to do so. By "special interest" I mean maybe a "Marvel Movie" club, etc. In fact, we previously had a Homeschooling forum that would have been better suited as a club, in my opinion.
  22. Dismal_Bliss

    Let's talk about tests baby

    Eye tests Hearing tests Scholastic tests Drug tests ??
  23. Dismal_Bliss

    How long do you sleep?

    6 to 7 hours for me on average. I typically go to bed between 11pm and 1am and wake up at 7am for work.
  24. I think we set that limit in 2006. Is that small by today's standards?
  25. It's an article that corroborates our view that Russia and it's allies (ahem... China) is the KOTN, which we've been pointing out for a few years now. The KOTN, according to prophecy, must be a rival superpower to the USA (the KOTS) that engages in a "pushing" with them. The KOTN, according to prophecy, would launch an all-out assault on Jehovah's people. Russia is fulfilling both these criteria.

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